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Shed Your Shame: Overcoming Writing Fears

Author Elizabeth Atkinson shares the biggest of her writing fears, and her tips for working to overcome both the fear and the shame. At some point in school, I bet you were given a writing prompt. Maybe in 4th grade you were told to write a...

Screenwriter and Novelist, Turned YA Author, Christopher J. Moore: Author Spotlight

The business of writing often requires an author to cast out nets in more than one medium. Christopher J. Moore started his writing career in screenwriting, working on successful TV shows, but soon realized he wanted his stories to reach a ...

When Should Writers Edit Their Work?

When should writers edit their work? As they write? Afterward? And should they put a lot of effort into it before submitting it? We dive into these questions here. Disclaimer: I’m a writer. I know what it feels like when someone tells me ...

Analog Science Fiction and Fact: Market Spotlight

For this week’s market spotlight, we look at Analog Science Fiction and Fact, a bimonthly science fiction, nonfiction, and poetry publication. Analog Science Fiction and Fact: Market Spotlight Established in 1930, Analog Science Fiction a...

8 Spanish Poetic Forms

Here are eight Spanish poetic forms and how to write them. From the decima to the shadorma and several poem types in between. I’ve been covering poetic forms on this blog for more than a decade now. Long enough to make lists of poetic for...

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Clarity instead of Style

Here’s the thing: Most people don’t read stuff principally because of how it is written, they read it because of what it says. That’s true regardless of whether the piece in question is a novel, short-story, article, blog ...

Ballade: Poetic Forms

Poetic Form Fridays are made to share various poetic forms. This week, we look at the ballade, a 28-line French poetic form. Ballade Poems The ballade is a French poetic form that offers everything I love about French forms, namely plenty o...

10 Scientifically Proven Ways to Beat Writer’s Block

Beat writer’s block with these 10 tips, supported by scientific studies, from Estelle Erasmus’s article from the September 2019 issue of Writer’s Digest. You heard that correctly—there is a cure for writer’s block, according to sc...

The Missouri Review: Market Spotlight

For this week’s market spotlight, we look at The Missouri Review, a quarterly literary journal that publishes fiction, poetry, and nonfiction. The Missouri Review: Market Spotlight The Missouri Review was founded in 1978 and publishes fiv...

The Veterans Writing Project

Founded by a veteran for veterans, a nonprofit (Veterans Writing Project) teaches writing as a way of making sense of the stories soldiers have to tell and coping with the trauma of war. This article originally appeared in the January/Febru...

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